Carousing With Unusual Creatures in Nederland, Colorado
On opening day in 2010, people from all around the state came to watch the Carousel of Happiness take its first run. My neighbor kids beg their parents to take them to the carousel every day in summer and weekends in winter, to twirl around in the fantasy land and ride their favorite buddies again and again. Even those sans children can't resist riding the whimsical characters. Look closely at each animal to find something humorous or magical about them, each one hand carved and painted by one man with a vision over the course of 22 years. A circa-1910 Charles Looff carousel drives the motor and provides the frame. Admission: $1 per ride.